Today, I am thrilled to share the inspiring stories of some remarkable individuals who have been recognized and celebrated by SABERA (Social and Business Enterprise Responsible Awards) for their outstanding contributions to society. Just a positive note for you to set the pace of the week. As the Founder and Curator of SABERA, I am excited to extend the celebration of these changemakers to a live platform! Join us every Friday at noon for our LinkedIn Live sessions, where we interact with these inspiring social change makers.
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Dr. Sunil Shroff: A Pioneering Figure in Organ Donation
One of the esteemed awardees is Dr. Sunil Shroff, the founder of MOHAN Foundation, who has revolutionized deceased organ donation in India. His innovative approach to creating an ‘Indian Model’ for successful organ donation has reached over 20 million people, providing life-saving transplant information to those in need. As a skilled surgeon, he has performed over 30,000 urologic surgeries, including an impressive 700 kidney transplants, making him a pioneer in the country’s deceased donor kidney transplantations.
What sets Dr. Shroff apart is his commitment to ensuring that almost 50% of the surgeries conducted are either free or heavily subsidized through MOHAN Foundation. His vision reflects the cycle of life, where a tragedy on one end can lead to the salvation of life on the other. His efforts have resulted in saving thousands of lives and giving hope to countless families.
Nand Kishore Chaudhary: Empowering Indian Weavers and Artisans
Nand Kishore Chaudhary, the recipient of the SABERA Lifetime Achievement Award, has dedicated his life to empowering Indian weavers in the hand-knotted rug industry. Despite facing numerous challenges and social ostracization, Nand Kishore immersed himself in the lives of artisans to uplift them and their artistry. Today, he empowers over 40,000 artisans, most of whom are women, across five states.
The luxury brand he created now boasts a staggering turnover of over INR 1000 Cr, showcasing how a profit-making venture can also serve society and lay the foundation for impactful social enterprises.
Ruby Ahluwalia: Empathetic Support for Cancer-Afflicted Individuals and Families
Ruby Ahluwalia, a SABERA Awardee and former bureaucrat, experienced a life-changing moment when she was diagnosed with cancer. Instead of succumbing to adversity, she emerged stronger and more determined to help marginalized families battling the disease. Through her organization, Ruby provides counseling, nutrition, and unwavering support to families on their cancer journey.
Her commitment to helping others navigate through the hardships of cancer showcases the transformative power of compassion and empathy.
Utsow Pradhan: Transforming Darjeeling’s Villages into Sustainable Forest Gardens
Meet Utsow Pradhan, the visionary founder of TIEEDI, a grassroots organization working towards making each village in Darjeeling zero waste. By adopting permaculture solutions, responsible tourism, and promoting experiential environmental education, TIEEDI is making a profound impact on the region’s ecosystem. The organization’s efforts have resulted in clearing rivers and reviving the bee population through the adoption of native wisdom.
TIEEDI’s journey, from a dump yard with plastic-wrapped tree roots to a vibrant forest garden, is a testament to the power of dedicated grassroots efforts in creating a sustainable future.
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As we celebrate the achievements of these extraordinary individuals, let us not forget that each one of us has the potential to create a positive impact on society. SABERA provides a platform to acknowledge and honor such initiatives through the Initiative, Entity, and Award categories. By submitting your work in the space of Climate Action, Environment, or ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance), you can be recognized by the esteemed jury and join the ranks of inspiring changemakers.
Let us come together, encourage innovation, and drive change for a brighter, more sustainable future. Submit your entries and be a part of India’s journey on the road to development.
The entries for सबेरा SABERA 2023 will evaluate work executed between 1st April 2022 to 31st March 2023. There are NO Registration Fees. Early Bird only entry fees are only for the month of July.